Welcome to The Asper Foundation

Israel Asper, O.C., O.M., Q.C., L.L.D. (1932 – 2003) and Babs Asper (1933 – 2011) believed that philanthropy is a driving force behind positive change in people’s quality of life. For this reason, they formed The Asper Foundation in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in 1983 to build upon their and the Asper family’s philanthropic objectives.

Inspired by a deep commitment to impactful philanthropy, The Asper Foundation, a Winnipeg-based philanthropic organization, develops major projects and provides support to the Jewish Community and broader community in areas of culture, education, community development, and human rights on a local, national and international scale. In particular, the Foundation strives to improve the quality of life in Winnipeg, therefore much of the focus of this philanthropy is directed to the general Winnipeg community.

In the recent past, over $200 million has been donated to various charitable causes through The Asper Foundation. This website not only reflects, but celebrates the inspired vision of Israel and Babs Asper and outlines the activities and future plans of The Asper Foundation.

Announcements of Major Initiatives

Launch of Asper Community Shabbat Program

Launch of Asper Community Shabbat Program

May 27, 2023

In April 2024, The Asper Foundation established the Asper Community Shabbat (Sabbath) Program with the inaugural Shabbat being hosted by the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada and invited guests from the Bear Clan Patrol. For more information, click here.

Launch of Simkin Centre Shabbat Dinners

Launch of Simkin Centre Shabbat Dinners

May 23, 2024

In October 2023, The Asper Foundation established sponsorship of weekly Shabbat (Sabbath) dinners at The Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre, a welcoming personal care home serving Winnipeg’s vibrant Jewish community. While rooted in Jewish values and traditions, this not-for-profit, government-funded centre warmly embraces seniors of all backgrounds, inviting them to partake in the enriching Shabbat gatherings. For more information, click here.

The Asper Foundation Spearhead’s Support for Campaign Against Antisemitism

The Asper Foundation Spearhead’s Support for Campaign Against Antisemitism

May 23, 2024

The Asper Foundation is proud to be a foundational supporter for the creation of The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affair’s new Winnipeg office which serves Manitoba and Saskatchewan in response to concerns about rising antisemitism and anti-Zionism.

The office was created in collaboration with the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg and is led by Gustavo Zentner. For more information, click here.

The Asper Foundation Supports Israeli Victims of Hamas Anti-Feminist Violence

The Asper Foundation Supports Israeli Victims of Hamas Anti-Feminist Violence

January 24, 2024

The Asper Foundation was proud to co-sponsor a discussion on anti-feminist violence and misogyny held at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg. The evening, attended by 1,000 live and on-line attendees, was hosted by Jewish Child and Family Service and entitled Hear Our Voices: Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in the October 7th Hamas Terror Attacks. Please see video and program.

Twentieth Anniversary of Announcement to Create the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Twentieth Anniversary of Announcement to Create the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

April 17, 2023

Today marks the 20th anniversary of Dr. Israel Asper’s April 17, 2003 announcement to establish the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba. For more information, please see our news release and this article from the Winnipeg Free Press.

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